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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: more business leaders resign from president trump's advisory councils in response to his stance on the charlottesville violence. he's now shut the councils down. grief and anger in freetown as the search for survivors goes on — at least 600 people are still missing in monday's mudslide. grooming the next generation. the bbc talks to former child soldiers of the so—called islamic state, now living in europe. and making his fifth and apparently final appearance — daniel craig confirms he will return as 007. also in the programme, life's a beach in the world's most liveable city — but where is it? find out later. hello.
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the businessman president who bills himself as the ultimate deal—maker has just lost his two business advisory panels — both of them, officially, dissolved by the white house but onlyjust before they fell apart, as leading figures resigned in protest at mr trump's statements on the charlottesville violence. the president's refusal to draw a distinction between neo—nazis and anti—racist protesters is still having major political impact. two former republican presidents weighed in today against him. here's our north america editorjon sopel. # amazing grace... the memorial service for heather heyer, an anti—racism protestor mown down by a white supremacist in charlottesville on saturday. but far from this being an occasion when a nation comes together, america seems more bitterly divided than ever.
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they tried to kill my child to shut her up. well, guess what? you just magnified her. applause this was charlottesville on friday night — racist groups chanting "jews will not replace us," carrying ku klux klan style torches, and also marching to the slogan "white lives matter." yesterday, the president blamed both sides for the violence that ensued. you had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs, and it was vicious and it was horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch. but there is another side. there was a group on this side — you can call them the left, you have just called them the left — that came violently attacking the other group, so you can say what you want, but that is the way it is. it is true there was
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violence on both sides. but the race hate protesters had come tooled up for trouble. many carried guns. this is not the army, but a right—wing militia that turned up bristling with weaponry. most had clubs, helmets and shields with white supremacist insignia. the anti—racism demonstrators were not organised, they were mostly local people among whom a small core had come to fight. but donald trump seeming to draw a moral equivalence between swastika—carrying neo—nazis and anti—racism protesters has brought near universal condemnation. the senior republican paul ryan tweeting: the only significant voice of support last night came from the former leader of the ku klux klan, david duke, who said: there is reported to be deep
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unhappiness among some senior white house staff over the president's comments. he had not been due to say anything and significantly, a new intervention — this time from two the former living republican presidents, george hw bush and george w bush — saying there is no room for bigotry or anti—semitism in today's america. donald trump left new york today to resume his hardly quiet or relaxing holiday. more isolated from the political and business establishment than at any time since he took office. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. for more on this washington correspondent david willis joins us. it doesn't look good, does it? but this man has done and said things that would have demolished anyone else‘s reputation and he has come
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sailing through. does any of this stop him from doing the things he will select to do? it is a good question. we will have to wait and see. he was the president of the business. he appointed himself as the ultimate dealmaker, or at least described himself as such. one of the first things he did was to set up the first things he did was to set up two councils tube boostjobs and the manufacturing industry, and to deliver on the promise that he made while he was campaigning for the presidency to make america great again. in recent days, we have seen resignations from those bodies, a trickle became a flood. then, word came out that members of one of these groups were thinking of basically disbanding the group itself. the president heard about that and he is of course the man that and he is of course the man that likes to say, you're fired, rather than be told as such. he
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decided to jump the gun and decided to disband those groups before the members got the opportunity to resign. having the business community distance itself from the president is bad news for his legislative agenda, potentially. bearing in mind that he has tax reform coming up on the agenda, and also has boosting the nation's infrastructure. both measures, policy areas where the president will need the support of the country's top business leaders are. on that point, his supporters say, he was always the antiestablishment candidate. he doesn't need the establishment. i think he is becoming increasingly isolated, and his problems with the party itself, from which he has long differed, are
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getting greater almost by the week. we heard from john kasich, the ohio governor, mitch mcconnell, the senate majority leader, both prominent republicans, as well as paul ryan, speaker of the house. they have all come out to distance themselves from donald trump's comments over the last 2a hours. well perhaps not directly mentioning the president by name, it is nonetheless clear what they were referring to. you do have a schism which potentially threatens to become a chasm as far as republicans are concerned, and donald trump. thank you for that. while donald trump's presidency may shortly be entering its eighth month
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— south korean president moonjae is about to give his first news conference to mark the first 100 days of his presidency, with the military crisis in the korean peninsula expected to be on the agenda. stay with us on bbc news for live coverage in around an hours item. at least 100 children are among the 400 people now known to have died in a mudslide in sierra leone's capital freetown. heavy rains brought down a mountainside, and more than 600 people are still missing. from freetown, the bbc‘s martin patience. in freetown, the ambulances are rushing not to the hospital but to the main mortuary. they are ferrying the dead — victims buried alive by a landslide. the relatives wait outside to collect their bodies. the stench of death is overpowering. emotions are raw. bishi lost her sister. daniel wasn't home when disaster struck. but he tells me six members of his family are dead, including his wife. they died, they died.
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the grief and anger is tangible here. this is a nation mourning the loss of hundreds. and rescue workers say that authorities are hampering their rescue efforts. this gaping scar was once a neighbourhood. now a landscape changed forever. it's the scene of a recovery operation on the hoof. diggers have been drafted in but there are no sniffer dogs, not enough body bags. the fear is disease could spread unless hundreds of corpses are found. a trickle of aid is getting through but many, like adama, are now homeless. i've lost everything, she tells me. martin patience, bbc news, freetown. let's take a look at some of the other stories
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making the news. in the past day alone, spanish coastguards have rescued nearly 600 people from 15 vessels, including toy paddle—boats and a jet ski, that had sailed from morocco. they say three times as many boats as last year are making the journey, loaded with migrants. un officials say at least 8,000 people have arrived in spain this year. millions of people are still stranded after days of heavy monsoon rains across bangladesh, nepal and india. at least 250 people have been killed. these pictures are from sunsari district in southern nepal — where the koshi river overflowed. robbers used sledgehammers to smash their way into a london jewellers on wednesday morning. cctv captured the men leaving the shop and escaping on mopeds. london's metropolitan police say nobody was injured — and no arrests have been made yet. in the middle east, the extremist group that calls itself islamic state is collapsing — but concern is focusing now
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on fighters returning home — some very young. it's believed at least 2,000 children went through is military training — those who trained them as fighters and suicide bombers called them lion cubs. the bbc has discovered some now living in europe — although most authorities are unaware of their past. this from our middle east correspondent quentin sommerville. this is childhood in the so—called islamic state. this footage, filmed secretly in raqqa and passed to the bbc, is of what is calls the ‘cubs of the caliphate'. they are child soldiers, barely teenagers. clumsy and armed to the teeth, their guns are almost too big for them. even as is is collapsing, it's investing in its future. it's a slow and steady defeat.
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this was is‘s capital in iraq. mosul‘s old city is now in ruins. this is where the is war machine suffered its biggest defeat but it isn't the end of them. here, the fighters honed their skills. this was their training ground. imagine fighting in this, and then surviving. well, some did — some escaped, and some have made it to europe. we travelled to belgium, and there we met ahmed. he joined is when he was just 15. translation: they taught me how to use a kalashnikov. we stayed for seven days in mosul. they kept talking about martyrdom operations. i was brainwashed and i believed it. i told my family, "you can't change my thoughts, and, no matter what you do, i'm going to stay." he became disillusioned with is and escaped, first to turkey, and then to europe. the authorities here don't know about his past.
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translation: they were my enemies but now i'm living among them, eating and drinking among them. they've received me and looked after me. when all this happened, i started to hate my entire past and started to establish a new life. he's not alone. we travelled to germany, where we met motassin. again, his youth means his is membership has gone undetected here. he was one of many groomed by the group. they would give us whatever we wanted, and tell us we were the best, that we were right and all the others were wrong and must fear us. they would also allow us to carry oui’ weapons wherever we go. for two weeks, he underwent military training and was schooled in sharia law. he was assigned to an is media unit. others, though, volunteered for suicide missions. they prefer children to adults
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because they can use them to bomb between civilians. nobody would expect that a 14 or 16—year—old boy would bomb himself. both teenagers that we met say they've turned their backs on is but, as we travelled across europe, we learned of at least three more young fighters living here. we approached the eu police force, europol, but they declined to comment. europe is still vulnerable but it's here where the journey begins. on the turkish border, syrian refugees can still slip through, scrabbling past searchlights and guard towers. near the border, i met a people smugglerfrom raqqa, one of many still operating. he helped one of the boys make it from is territory to europe in only a month. translation: i've helped many, a huge number.
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the route is getting worse. it used to be easier in 2014 and 2015. now the situation is more difficult due to the presence of us backed forces. you have to go through the kurds, the rebels and the us forces. it's difficult. is is not yet defeated. its territory is shrinking and its supporters fleeing. these are the final days of the so—called caliphate, but still the islamic state is no less of a threat. and, amid these ruins, they leave behind a legacy — hundreds of child soldiers, and a new generation of hate. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: one more shot as 007 — daniel craig confirms he'll be back as james bond.
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washington, the world's most political city is today assessing the political health of the world's most powerful man. indeed i did have a relationship with miss lewinsky that was not appropriate. in fact, it was wrong. in south africa 97 people have been killed today in one of the worst days of violence between rival black groups. over the last 10 days, 500 have died. chanting: czechoslovakia must be free! russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 118 submariners who died on board the kursk. we are all with them now, within our hearts. the pope has celebrated mass before a congregation of more than 2.5 million people, in his hometown of krakow. "stay with us, stay with us," chanted this ocean of humanity. "well, well," joked the pope, "so you want me to desert rome?" this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: more business leaders have resigned from president trump's advisory councils, in response to the violence in charlottesville — he has responded by shutting down those very same councils. there's grief and anger in freetown as authorities are blamed for hampering rescue efforts — at least 600 people are still missing after monday's mudslide. five years ago police in south africa shot dead 3a striking miners at a platinum mine in marikana — it was one of the bloodiest police operations since the end of apartheid. the mine, owned by lonmin, had been at the centre of a violent pay dispute, exacerbated by tensions between two rival unions. from marikana, the bbc‘s pumza fihlani reports from the events today, commemorating what happened.
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hundreds of workers and their family members have gathered here, at marikana, to commemorate the worst day in post apartheid south africa, the marikana day in post apartheid south africa, the marika na massacre. day in post apartheid south africa, the marikana massacre. miners were gunned down by police. five years on, what has changed for the lives of the workers? working conditions have not changed. also living conditions have never changed yet. the price that was paid was blood, was it worth it? i do not regret for that. we did make a mark, we did make a difference in our lives but the now, it is not worth enough because it is no longer benefiting
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the miners, it is benefiting individuals. they have been mining pattern here the years and the company says that they have been changes. since the massacre, operators are gaining greater salaries. around $1000, some more. also family members of those killed have been able to replace their relatives in the mind. $82 million has been set aside to compensate the families who lost family members on that tragic day but that money has not been distributed and the widows are still waiting. translation: this day it reminds me that my brother died violently. it is a sad day for me. we are still trying to make ends meet but he was the bread winner. every month is a difficult now.
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south africa has a difficult history of violence. family members of those killed here, in democratic south africa, hoping their story will be different. they want the policeman implicated in the killing to be brought to court. they want justice, only then, they say, will they find closure. pumza fihlani, bbc news. after months of speculation, daniel craig has confirmed he will playjames bond again. butjust one more time — he says. so why the change of heart? well, eye—watering sums of money probably helped a bit. chi chi izundu reports — there are, not too surprisingly, flashing images coming up. james bond theme music. months of speculation, will daniel craig come back for a fifth time as 007? will you return as james bond? yes. cheering and applause. daniel is the seventh actor to take on bond and is commercially the most successful of the franchise, with skyfall being the first
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to break the billion—dollar mark at the box office. it was only a matter of time before he was back home at mi6, regardless of how many times it's been destroyed in the films. despite the cars, the martinis, and, of course, the women, let's not forget that after the release of spectre, daniel said he would rather slit his wrists than play the fictional mi6 spy again. and if you believe what you read in the press, he's going to be well paid. and while daniel was mulling over that offer, other names, like idris elba, were being discussed, but for fans, daniel is the man with the "golden gun". after all this speculation, we finally got an answer and it's like christmas in august. you know, daniel craig has reinvented bond, and his films are amongst the most successful and critically acclaimed, so i think we really are glad we've got an answer and we're looking forward to bond 25. he will be 51 by the time bond 25 hits the cinemas in 2019. and the stunts from spectre left him
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needing knee surgery. so it's understandable that he says this time is the last time. chi chi izundu, bbc news. staying with the movie industry because filming for the latest instalment of the mission impossible franchise will go on hold after tom cruise broke his ankle during a stunt that went wrong. the injury occurred when the 55 year old actor attempted to jump between roof tops of two high rise buildings in london. production of the action film could be delayed for up to three months as mr cruise recovers. for anyone looking for the best that urban living has to offer, the answer seems to be, yet again, head to australia. that's because, on a ranking of the world's most liveable cities — calculated by the economist intelligence unit — melbourne has come out on top for a record 7th year in a row. but don't rule out canada. they grabbed 3 of the top 5 spots. also in the top 10, adelaide, perth and auckland.
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sydney just missed out — at number 11. live now to melbourne, and lord mayor robert doyle. it is not just it is notjust about bragging rights but i should say congratulations. how does this recognition help a city? | how does this recognition help a city? i can break a little, can't tie it? seven news is remarkable. they are all wonderful cities. we use it as a marketing tool. the instance, international students, it isa instance, international students, it is a great lever for chinese students. it is great for tourism. i ama students. it is great for tourism. i am a little stunned, i was preparing myself to lose it this year but seven myself to lose it this year but seve n years myself to lose it this year but seven years in a row is remarkable. we are an all rounder. you cannot
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come to melbourne and take a photograph of a particular landmark, as you could in sydney, london, paris and new york. we are much more nuanced, lei. whisk all across the gamut. —— lay it. nuanced, lei. whisk all across the gamut. -- lay it. security pays a big role. how has melbourne managed to bea big role. how has melbourne managed to be a world leader?” big role. how has melbourne managed to be a world leader? i think we live in a different world. we pay a great deal of attention to security and safety. recently, the former mayor borisjohnson, invited me to london to look at the full spectrum of security. more recently i was in chicago and met with the former head of the metropolitan police to share intelligence about security and safety. we try to be as product if
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as we can. we recognise we live in a different world. one of the things, we are a long way away and that can bea we are a long way away and that can be a blessing at times but we are not taking any security or safety measures for granted. we were singled out to being a particularly safe city and that made me feel very proud but i would not want to say we are some sort of perfect city. we have problems as other big cities have. vulnerable people, homelessness, congestion. i hope we tried to manage those as anybody else in the world but it is a great pleasure for us to come out as the most liveable city pacific years in a row. “— most liveable city pacific years in a row. —— 47 years in a row. thank you for being with
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let's see if the weather is going to be behaving itself on thursday. looking a little mixed. there's some rain out there right now, but thursday itself is looking not too bad across the uk. there will be some sunshine around and a few showers as well, so you mightjust about need your brolly. but early in the morning, still raining across many parts of england, particularly eastern areas — that's where there could be some heavy rain still, anywhere from newcastle, just about into the midlands, east anglia and the south—east, but mild in the morning. 16 in london. 15 for leeds, and around about 13—14 in scotland and northern ireland. the cloud and the rain — the overnight cloud and the rain — might drag its heels a little bit across the south—east but eventually it should be out of the way in the north sea, and then we've got that mixture of sunshine and showers. and the showers might happen across the south—west, through the midlands, wales, scotland and northern ireland too, but not too many of them across northern england, we don't think. could be a beautiful day in cumbria and the north—east of england, for example.
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how about the cricket? just the chance of a shower, probably not too many of them around, so the risk of any disruption i don't think is particularly high. now, the forecast into friday — so, thursday night into friday — a low pressure is barrelling across the uk, and one thing that we will all notice on friday is the strength of the wind. it's going to be a very blustery day across the uk, all parts of the country. there will be some very blustery showers around, as well, across many northern and western areas of the uk. some of those showers will be heavy. so temperatures might be, say, 15—21 degrees, but it might feel cooler than that because of the strength of the wind. saturday, maybe not quite so windy but still pretty breezy. there will be some showers around but not as many. i think, overall, a slightly better day i think on saturday for most of us. now, i'm going to go back to what is happening right now, just off the eastern coast of the us, we have hurricane gert here, and that is going to be influencing our weather to an extent come sunday. this is what's going to be
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happening, so gert is going to start dying away, fizzling out, over the next two or three days and then it gets mixed up with the weather systems that usually come our way anyway. and basically what's going to happen is the leftovers of gert — so the clouds, some of the wind and rain — will be crossing our country during the course of sunday. so you could call it "ex—gert" if you like, but it's certainly not going to be a hurricane. that means rain in some parts of the country but some uncertainty exactly how much rain, how much wind. but it will be an unsettled sunday for sure. so here's the weekend summary — there will be some blustery showers and wind around for sure. this is bbc news, the headlines. the businessman who describes himself as the ultimate dealmaker has just lost two of his top panel figures. a wave of resignations from two advisory panels prompted mr trump to announce that both bodies had been scrapped. at least 100 children are among 400
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people killed in mudslides in the capital of sierra leone, freetown. there's grief and anger in freetown as authorities are blamed for hampering rescue efforts — at least 600 people are still missing after monday's mudslide. it is believed that at least 200 children received military training. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk.
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